|Date||9/21 January 1883|
|Addressed to||Pyotr Jurgenson|
|Autograph Location||Saint Petersburg (Russia): National Library of Russia (ф. 834, ед. хр. 38)|
|Publication||(1970), p. 24|
Text and Translation
By Brett Langston
Будь так добр, вложи в прилагаемое письмо пятьдесят рублей и отправь по адресу. У меня просит помощи моя первая учительница музыки, которой я очень, очень много обязан, и я решительно не могу отказать, — но и[наче] как через тебя неудобно это сделать.
Твой, П. Чайковский
Для адреса посылаю самое письмо её и прошу сохранить его.
Be so good as to put fifty rubles into the enclosed letter and send it to the address. I have been asked for assistance by my first music teacher , to whom I am very, very much obliged, and I categorically cannot refuse — but it is inconvenient to do it otherwise than through you.
Yours, P. Tchaikovsky
I ask you to save the address from the letter I'm sending her.
Notes and References
- Mariya Markovna Loginova (née Palchikova; d. 1888) was a former serf who was engaged as a piano teacher for young Pyotr in Votkinsk by his parents around 1845. By 1848, as Modest informs us in his biography of the composer, the eight-year-old Pyotr could already play the piano as well as she could. In 1883, Tchaikovsky unexpectedly received a letter from her asking for financial assistance. He granted her a pension and also corresponded regularly with her during the last three years of her life (none of these letters, however, has come to light) — see (1997), p. 41.